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redbull
04-21-2008, 10:27 PM
The Things They Carried - B+
The Ice Storm - A-
The Diving Bell and the Butterfly - A+

currently: Brave New World

pale blue eyes
04-21-2008, 10:32 PM
Slaughterhouse-Five: B
The Blank Slate: B+

Currently: Boomsday!

Sepiae
04-21-2008, 11:06 PM
The Last of the Savages: B+
Story of My Life: C+

Currently: waiting for Brightness Falls to arrive.

waltermcphilp
04-21-2008, 11:19 PM
currently: lullaby (pretty good thus far)

Deadeyes
04-22-2008, 11:34 AM
Star Wars - Bounty hunter wars trilogy (Pretty good stuff, Boba is well crafted, best Star Wars literature I've read so far.)
Conan, Conan The Adventurer, Conan And The Spider God (currently complete Chronicles of Conan by Robert E. Howard). Great adult fantasy. When it's good it's gold, but not always consistent, especially outside of R E. Howards creation.

Been pretty light hearted this year so far, next books are gonna be hardcore sci-fi, thinking about reading Hothouse again (Brian Aldiss), been in the back of mind recently.

T&T
04-22-2008, 11:35 AM
curious incident of the dog in the nightime - A-

RenewRevive
04-22-2008, 11:40 AM
novels or comic books?

Mo
04-22-2008, 12:00 PM
Terry Pratchett - Making Money: A
Yann Martel - Life Of Pi: B+
Stephen Colbert - I Am America (And So Can You!): B

unacceptable
04-22-2008, 12:15 PM
heart of darkness - B+

D.
04-22-2008, 12:28 PM
About 2 weeks ago I finished Crime and Punishment and I'd rate it a B-.

I am almost done with the Great Gatsby and, unless the last chapter is somehow really horrible, I would rate it an A-. I really like how Fitzgerald writes.

Schnobja
04-22-2008, 12:31 PM
Then We Came to the End - C
The Omnivore's Dilemma - C-
As I Lay Dying - B
One Hundred Years of Solitude - A

Currently reading:

The Book Thief
Swann's Way

aurel
04-22-2008, 12:37 PM
I have America surrounded:Tim Leary biography B+

What a life story. Didn't pull punches when he was being a prick either.

Currently: Zen and the art of motorcycle maintenance

twice
04-22-2008, 12:45 PM
started the general in his labyrinth by marquez and maybe eighteen pages in realized i'm not sure if i've grown bored of his writing style atm or if it could be a case of lazy synapses and an overlooked fog of habitually abusing instant gratification. whatever. i should have picked memories of my melancholy whores.
and i've been trying to dailydabble in against the day but that's impossibly difficult. everytime i pull it out i end up spending hours away only to walk away crazy drained with an overload swimming in my skull. fucking asshole. :love:

twice
04-22-2008, 12:46 PM
The Diving Bell and the Butterfly - A+



did you see the film at all? i want this.

Eulogy
04-22-2008, 12:47 PM
i'm trying to decide what book to start the summer with in a few weeks. (after Snuff, of course. :o)

neopryn
04-22-2008, 01:38 PM
About 2 weeks ago I finished Crime and Punishment and I'd rate it a B-.

i'm reading this right now. page 129 out of 520.

Nidhogg
04-22-2008, 03:02 PM
The Things They Carried - B+



Good call; I actually just wrote an essay on this in my Critical Analysis of Literature class.

The Diamond Age by Neal Stephenson - B+ (This guy is amazing. I read Snow Crash and was blown away, now this...can't wait to get through his other books)

redbull
04-22-2008, 03:33 PM
novels or comic books?

either/or

Banana
04-22-2008, 03:44 PM
The Final Harry Potter Book - A++

Read it last year, the last book I've read.

sickbadthing
04-22-2008, 03:47 PM
what i already know about everyone's shitty taste in music and movies, and now this thread? jesus god there is no heaven only hell and god is satan and jesus is an icon to trick us all into thinking there's something other than hell AND THIS SHITTY FORUM PROVES IT

sickbadthing
04-22-2008, 03:48 PM
Great adult fantasy.

LOL

twice
04-22-2008, 04:01 PM
xanax

Deadeyes
04-22-2008, 04:05 PM
LOL

No, SCREW YOU!
though it was actually pretty dumb.

commando
04-22-2008, 04:21 PM
Brave New World -- solid A. Very life affirming.
Man or Mango-- C+
Catcher in the Rye-- A+


Currently reading: Water for Elephants

sickbadthing
04-22-2008, 04:45 PM
Am I the only one who thought that Brave New World was boring and stupid?

Or how about realizing that Vonnegut seems less relevant the older I get?

pale blue eyes
04-22-2008, 04:57 PM
It was only the second Vonnegut book I read. I liked Galapogos more but I thought I was missing something in terms of how people build up his writing.

mojo
04-22-2008, 06:15 PM
A Farewell To Arms. it takes forever to get going and then it grips like a vice. all the way through i was anticipating the famous line "sometimes I see myself dead in the rain" but when it came it still knocked me out as did the famously bleak ending. Christ I'm glad I was born at the soft end of the 20th Century.

mojo
04-22-2008, 06:18 PM
heart of darkness - B+

the greatest novella ever written. it deals with the whole illusion of "civilization" so powerfully. how do you only rate it a B+???

unacceptable
04-22-2008, 06:20 PM
i like it on an intellectual level but it didn't quite capture my heart

of darkness that is

Travis Meeks
04-22-2008, 06:51 PM
A Farewell To Arms. it takes forever to get going and then it grips like a vice.

sure does

I haven't read much lately I'm reading Into the Wild and it's fantastic so far

D.
04-22-2008, 08:17 PM
Starting on Of Mice and Men on Friday.

My "12 Classics In 12 Months" is rolling right along.

commando
04-23-2008, 01:23 AM
Am I the only one who thought that Brave New World was boring and stupid?



I don't know, but I sure related to it pretty well and gained some pretty valuable personal insights. Eh.. the guy from Fuck buttons couldn't get into it either, if that helps you out any.


http://www.pitchforkmedia.com/article/feature/48610-guest-list-fuck-buttons

twice
04-24-2008, 01:08 PM
:erm:

MrPantyFAce
04-24-2008, 01:25 PM
American Whisky Bar by michael turner

Sort of like his latter and better book, Pornographers Poem in that you do not entirely trust the narrator, in that they get corrected about things later. I never realized before that he was trying to challange the conventional novel structure in all his books, until he pointed it out in the preface. The epilogoue was a bit too far fetched.

The story is quite laughably bad and crude, its funny that he found a scenario to justify publishing something so bad and awknowledge how embarrassed he is by it.



i tried reading confederacy of dunces but it was too descriptive for my liking, i'll have to try again later. I like blunt things like bukowski. Im going to read ham and rye by him next. I also got 9 short stories by j.d. salinger.

redbreegull
04-24-2008, 01:31 PM
Am I the only one who thought that Brave New World was boring and stupid?



Not at all, I could barely turn the pages it was so boring.

MrPantyFAce
04-24-2008, 01:36 PM
I liked brave new world.

commando
04-25-2008, 05:39 AM
Just read Water for Elephants. B+

solid, high quality commercial novel.

Now reading:Lullaby by Chuck Palahniuk

Luke de Spa
04-25-2008, 05:58 AM
blindsight (http://www.rifters.com/real/Blindsight.htm) by peter watts. much food for thought there

redbull
05-01-2008, 06:33 PM
David Sedaris - Holidays on Ice
A-

commando
05-01-2008, 06:41 PM
just read the Lovely Bones. B-

it had me engaged from page one to end, but had a very unfulfilling, hokey resolution.

wHATcOLOR
05-01-2008, 06:46 PM
i really liked the lovely bones. curious to see how the movie's going to turn out.

for me:

life of pi: B. interesting. first time i tried to read it years ago, i found the beginning to be too tedious. now i can appreciate how well it sets up what follows. w/o some of those themes, i'd feel a lot less oriented in what was going on. pretty brutal.

the white hotel: B-. structure's a bit weird, but interesting. beginning i didn't really know what to make of. felt like i was slogging through the same themes over and over, i brought it to read at the gym on the exercise bike, it was seeming tedious for a while. found the ending to be pretty poignant, picks up pace and gains a lot of gravity. not particularly easy or feel good.

the unbearable lightness of being: A. loved it. i'm going to try to read more of his books, i love his writing style. really, really enjoyed it.

commando
05-01-2008, 07:35 PM
I really liked the human elements of the Lovely Bones and the characters, but I hate the author's ideas about the construct of the afterlife...it really took away from the book if you ask me.

D.
05-02-2008, 01:01 AM
David Sedaris - Holidays on Ice
A-
What??! That book was pants. An awful waste of time.

My brother's now-ex had given that to me for Christmas. Ugh.

wHATcOLOR
05-02-2008, 01:28 AM
I really liked the human elements of the Lovely Bones and the characters, but I hate the author's ideas about the construct of the afterlife...it really took away from the book if you ask me.


yeah, i can definitely see why people would feel that way. i didn't see it that way, i really kind of admired the author for just "going for it". that sounds really cheesy, but i do feel that way. so often authors will either just sidestep the issue, or go with the old standbys, and she didn't do that at all. and of course, one of the risks of that is that plenty of people will feel how you do about it.

the whole thing with ruth, if i'm remember the name right, and that guy... i just thought.. wow, this is going for it. author's not really holding back here. it really worked for me.

very curious to see how it is in the movie, peter jackson said that was going to be the hardest part, not making the afterlife seem hokey

smiling politely
05-02-2008, 01:58 AM
Kafka on the Shore - B+ (Overall it was more readable and certainly more concise than The Wind-Up Bird Chronicle, but I feel like I can't fully appreciate Murakami's writing without prior, intimate comprehension of various philosophical theories. Existentialism and metaphysical realities and all that noise.)

The Great Gatsby (for the first time since high school) - A (The closing passage alone justifies this book's canonical status.)

Everything Is Illuminated - B (The language kind of veers into overly precocious territory at times, though it's often quite inventively manipulated, creating some powerful, vivid scenes.)

Mo
05-02-2008, 05:59 AM
Terry Pratchett - Thud!: A-
Excellent.

D.
05-02-2008, 07:19 AM
Almost done with Mice and Men (such a short read I feel like I'm cheating!).

Next up: George Orwell's Animal Farm!

Kahlo
05-02-2008, 07:26 AM
Alasdair Gray - Lanark

a mountain of a book - it took me several months of on off reading to get through it, but worth it in the end. Probably one of the best books by a Scottish author I've read in a while.

Mo
05-02-2008, 07:35 AM
life of pi: B. interesting. first time i tried to read it years ago, i found the beginning to be too tedious. now i can appreciate how well it sets up what follows. w/o some of those themes, i'd feel a lot less oriented in what was going on. pretty brutal.


Exactly. Glad you took our advice and looked into it.

talk show host
05-02-2008, 07:46 AM
The Age of Reason by Sartre - A

No one is going to give a fuck about this

severin
05-02-2008, 07:52 AM
bad monkeys by matt ruff
not quite as good as set this house in order, but still a book i couldn't really put away until i had read it through. pretty fast paced, a really interesting story, good characters and a few twists which work, even though they do not come totally surprising. for me this one screams for a movie-adaptation.

neopryn
05-02-2008, 09:16 AM
crime and punishment: A. it was good.

Luke de Spa
05-02-2008, 09:57 AM
^ ending sucked. raskolnikov should've died

Luke de Spa
05-02-2008, 09:58 AM
No one is going to give a fuck about this
lol

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05-02-2008, 10:13 AM
is anyone else getting the hilarious jiggling boobs and butts banner ad just here ^

D.
05-07-2008, 03:14 PM
Animal Farm - A

I really enjoyed this book. Next up is All Quiet On the Western Front.

edit: I totally read AF in one day yesterday at work.

Kahlo
05-07-2008, 03:39 PM
All Quiet On the Western Front.

I read that when I was 14 and thought it was the best thing I'd read in a long time. I probably should reread it at some stage :)

D.
05-07-2008, 04:44 PM
I read that when I was 14 and thought it was the best thing I'd read in a long time. I probably should reread it at some stage :)

the preface or whatever said something along the lines of "most of the time we read books when we're young and they don't hold up over time, but this book is the same no matter what age you read it."

Kahlo
05-07-2008, 04:45 PM
Ok I'm going to re-read it this week as well. We can compare notes :)

D.
05-07-2008, 04:47 PM
yay!

Kahlo
05-07-2008, 04:52 PM
Sarcastic bastard :)

D.
05-07-2008, 05:04 PM
naw i was serious! i will say, however, i really go by my own timeclock so it may be a week, may be two weeks before i finish - just depends.

i'm also not good at being too helpful with insight in what i thought about a book. i can try, though!

pale blue eyes
05-07-2008, 05:23 PM
The Basic Writings of C.G. Jung - B+

Really, really good if you are into this type of thing. I had not read much of Jung since my basic psych courses in college but wanted something that covered his whole theory and not just shorter books that delved into portions of it. Was pleasantly surprised by the scope of it and would recommend it for anybody who wants to know more about his theories other than the dream stuff.

Travis Meeks
05-07-2008, 06:50 PM
Into the Wild was great. Nice little quick read.

SlingeroGuitaro
05-07-2008, 06:57 PM
i read slaughterhouse five again last night. it is such an easy enjoyable read. A+

Travis Meeks
05-07-2008, 07:05 PM
I have one of Kurt's signed silkscreen prints and I pray to it every night

Eulogy
05-11-2008, 11:18 PM
i'm about to start Boomsday by Christopher Buckley

i haven't read a book just because i felt like it since the first week of january. yay.

neopryn
05-11-2008, 11:20 PM
The Handmaid's Tale - B, i pretty much like any dystopian shit, a little overwrought though.

waltermcphilp
05-12-2008, 11:34 AM
High Fidelity - B, very enjoyable and insightful. been a fan of the film for some time and just recently got around to the book. great stuff.

Kahlo
05-12-2008, 12:32 PM
I have one of Kurt's signed silkscreen prints and I pray to it every night

which one do you have?

Travis Meeks
05-12-2008, 06:44 PM
which one do you have?

http://www.vonnegut.com/images/art/new1/01ownermgr.jpg

Eulogy
05-20-2008, 10:38 PM
Boomsday - B+?

light, fun read. i enjoyed all the different characters. i dunno. a few too many pop culture references. and it realllly dates itself in a lot of ways. but whatev, i liked it.

about to start Snuff. Palahniuk's new one. :rockon:

SlingeroGuitaro
05-20-2008, 10:43 PM
http://www.vonnegut.com/images/art/new1/01ownermgr.jpg


awesome. ive thought about getting one of these (not this one in particular necessarily) for my girlfriend who is a big fan, but im looking for a good picasso piece.


on topic, i just started citizen of the galaxy

waltermcphilp
05-20-2008, 11:48 PM
about to start Snuff. Palahniuk's new one. :rockon:

i just got that today!

ohnoitsbonnie
05-20-2008, 11:51 PM
The Things They Carried - B+
The Ice Storm - A-
The Diving Bell and the Butterfly - A+

currently: Brave New World

These are school books

ohnoitsbonnie
05-20-2008, 11:55 PM
In the realm of school-mandated literature, I'm currently struggling with The Red Badge of Courage. It's not particularly difficult, I just don't cope well with redundancy.

Otherwise at the moment I've been reading Enchantress from the Stars again, just because I like it so much. Anddd I don't think you guys want me to talk about all the Fruits Basket I've been enjoying so :x

fluxequalsrad
05-21-2008, 12:43 AM
this thread makes me really self-conscious about being a poorly read english major :(

ohnoitsbonnie
05-21-2008, 12:47 AM
Starting on Of Mice and Men on Friday.

My "12 Classics In 12 Months" is rolling right along.
You could finish that one in two hours though

I'm Hardcore
05-21-2008, 01:13 AM
Saul Bellow - 'Henderson the Rain King'


for the second time. Amazing book.

unlachs
05-21-2008, 01:20 AM
Doctor Faustus - Thomas Mann

it's seriously bullshit

bja1288
05-21-2008, 01:25 AM
this thread convinced me to read a book outside of school for the first time since 8th grade.
im reading a tale of two cities

Shapan
05-21-2008, 02:10 AM
These are school books

uh he is a schoolboy

and you're like 12 you're not above anything

pale blue eyes
05-26-2008, 06:53 PM
Boomsday - B+?

light, fun read. i enjoyed all the different characters. i dunno. a few too many pop culture references. and it realllly dates itself in a lot of ways. but whatev, i liked it.

----

I felt pretty much the same way. I liked it but sometimes I felt like the author was trying way to hard to make it seem recent.

Right now I'm about halfway through "Stiff: The Curious Lives of Human Cadavers" by Mary Roach and I'd give it at least a solid B+ so far.

ohnoitsbonnie
05-26-2008, 08:52 PM
uh he is a schoolboy

and you're like 12 you're not above anything

School books shouldn't count because they are mandatory. P.S. Who are you

Shapan
05-26-2008, 11:58 PM
didnt you just mention a school book you're struggling with

and who cares if you read a book in school and enjoy it, that means the school's doing something right

pale blue eyes
05-30-2008, 09:46 AM
Is anybody on here also on goodreads.com ? Just curious.

Eulogy
06-04-2008, 09:35 AM
Snuff - F

what a piece of shit book. ugh. i'm so disappointed. i can't pinpoint exactly what makes me hate this while i liked all of his other stuff. all of the stupid stuff with none of the good stuff. i might re-read Choke to make myself feel better.

waltermcphilp
06-04-2008, 09:40 AM
yea, im like halfway through Snuff and it seems lacking. im going to finish it just to see the ending. i have low expectations. maybe you didn't like it because it seemed kinda predictable - or so i thought thus far.

Eulogy
06-04-2008, 09:54 AM
i dunno. i feel like i can deal with predictable. it's just.....stupid. it's like he just wanted an excuse to write a book about porn and dicks and vaginas and dildos and cumshots.

D.
06-04-2008, 11:55 AM
Is anybody on here also on goodreads.com ? Just curious.

i am! oldwarpilot@yaoo.com

Mo
06-04-2008, 11:57 AM
I just started Colbert's I Am America (And So Can You!) again. I like it a lot, it's perfect for a little reading in bed.

redbull
06-04-2008, 04:04 PM
Joyce Carol Oates - We Were the Mulvaneys
B

pale blue eyes
06-04-2008, 04:07 PM
Stiff: The Curious Lives of Human Cadavers - B (Mary Roach)
I thought this was pretty interesting. The last couple of chapters dragged but I would still highly recommend it. Not as morbid or gross as one would assume from the title and the author does a good job of making a joke to lighten things up but still not for the overly sqeamish.

Travis Meeks
06-04-2008, 05:11 PM
Snuff - F

what a piece of shit book. ugh. i'm so disappointed. i can't pinpoint exactly what makes me hate this while i liked all of his other stuff. all of the stupid stuff with none of the good stuff. i might re-read Choke to make myself feel better.

have you finished reading the book and still feel this way? I was thinking of reading it but maybe not

Travis Meeks
06-04-2008, 05:13 PM
now reading: Vonnegut - God bless you, Dr. Kevorkian

should take about an hour

redbull
06-04-2008, 05:16 PM
^^ anyone else not really like vonnegut

Travis Meeks
06-04-2008, 05:18 PM
no

Kahlo
06-05-2008, 02:32 AM
^^ anyone else not really like vonnegut

no. you suck.

I read Player Piano last week. It was ok...not his best.

Eulogy
06-15-2008, 10:49 AM
Kurt Vonnegut - Timequake - A

first book I read by him. i can't tell if it was a great one to pick as the first one. but whatever. it was enjoyable. won't be the last.

Mo
06-15-2008, 11:05 AM
Stephen King's The Running Man. A-

They showed the movie last night. What the fuck? It's terrible (and not only because of Schwarzenegger).

pale blue eyes
06-15-2008, 11:58 AM
Blink: The Power of Thinking without Thinking by Malcolm Gladwell - B+
I liked it. Really interesting.

D.
06-16-2008, 09:46 AM
Just finished All Quiet On the Western Front and I absolutely loved it. What an awesome book.

Next up is The Old Man and the Sea.

Kahlo
06-16-2008, 09:58 AM
Glad you liked it!

D.
06-16-2008, 10:02 AM
i just really loved the poetic way the guy wrote it all out. i put the movie on my netflix queue.

neopryn
06-16-2008, 11:42 AM
Breakfast of Champions: C+ The only Vonnegut I read before this was Slaughterhouse Five which changed my life but this was pretty sub-par compared to that. Cool style and tone, but the "plot" totally fell apart at the end.

Mysteries of Pittsburgh: D- What a load of bullshit. 300 pages of people talking like they were in a Kevin Smith movie. Only cool part was that I live in Pittsburgh and knew all the settings.

The Idiot: A- I still have about 70 pages or so but I can tell it's going to end well. This dude would be the best if he didn't have so many long passages that are completely irrelevant to the main plot.

D.
06-16-2008, 02:10 PM
Finished Old Man and the Sea. A much better novella than Of Mice and Men, although two completely different books.

I dunno what's next, though. Have to wait to get home and see what's on my shelf. I love covering on the morning shift! Less movies, more books.

D.
06-17-2008, 03:09 PM
Today I am starting The Stranger by Albert Camus

D.
06-18-2008, 08:07 AM
Finished The Stranger. What a briliant book. Oh man.

So, to rank the books I've read up to the middle of the year:

01. The Stranger by Albert Camus
02. The Great Gatsby by F. Scott Fitzgerald
03. All Quiet On the Western Front by Erich Maria Remarque
04. Crime and Punishment by Fyodor Dostoevsky
05. Animal Farm by George Orwell
06. The Old Man and the Sea by Ernest Hemmingway
07. Of Mice and Men by John Steinbeck

Next Up: Lord of the Flies by William Golding!

D.
06-25-2008, 10:56 AM
Finished Lord of the Flies, now onto Brave New World by Aldous Huxley!

01. The Stranger by Albert Camus
02. The Great Gatsby by F. Scott Fitzgerald
03. All Quiet On the Western Front by Erich Maria Remarque
04. Crime and Punishment by Fyodor Dostoevsky
05. Animal Farm by George Orwell
06. Lord of the Flies by William Golding
07. The Old Man and the Sea by Ernest Hemmingway
08. Of Mice and Men by John Steinbeck

Mo
06-25-2008, 10:58 AM
Stephen King's Carrie.
Not as good as I remembered it to be, but still kinda nice to read.

neopryn
06-25-2008, 12:01 PM
Brave New World sucks.

The Great Gatsby: A+, I read this in high school and was floored by it, but when trying to recap the plot for somebody I realized I couldn't remember it at all, so I read it again. It's even better than I thought. Really just a perfect work of art.

smiling politely
06-25-2008, 12:38 PM
The Blind Assassin by Margaret Atwood - B+
The Amazing Adventures of Kavalier & Clay by Michael Chabon - B+

I need to read books within a shorter timespan.

D.
06-25-2008, 12:41 PM
Brave New World sucks.
yeah, it's not that great so far.

The Great Gatsby: A+, I read this in high school and was floored by it, but when trying to recap the plot for somebody I realized I couldn't remember it at all, so I read it again. It's even better than I thought. Really just a perfect work of art.
:rockon:

neopryn
06-25-2008, 12:50 PM
The Stranger's pretty great too. When we read that in high school everyone said Mersault reminded them of me. =/

D.
06-25-2008, 01:29 PM
i tried to recap the great gatsby for someone a few days ago and i tried, but made it end up sounding boring.

i liked the writing style so much, i immediately went out to half price books and got two of his other novels.

Kahlo
06-25-2008, 01:56 PM
Just finished How Mumbo-jumbo Conquered the World: A Short History of Modern Delusions by Francis Wheen

B+ Excellent

Eulogy
06-25-2008, 02:26 PM
The Stranger is awesome. and I loved Brave New World. suck it, bitches.

D.
06-27-2008, 05:03 PM
finished Brave New World and I ended up enjoying it for the most part.

01. The Stranger by Albert Camus
02. The Great Gatsby by F. Scott Fitzgerald
03. All Quiet On the Western Front by Erich Maria Remarque
04. Crime and Punishment by Fyodor Dostoevsky
05. Brave New World by Aldous Huxley
06. Animal Farm by George Orwell
07. Lord of the Flies by William Golding
08. The Old Man and the Sea by Ernest Hemmingway
09. Of Mice and Men by John Steinbeck

Next up is 1984! No, I haven't read it yet. Yes, I know it's high school.

Travis Meeks
06-27-2008, 05:05 PM
Brave new world is pretty good, 1984 is awesome!

D.
06-27-2008, 05:07 PM
Brave new world is pretty good, 1984 is awesome!

i'm looking forward to it!:newbie:

pale blue eyes
06-27-2008, 05:10 PM
I'm happy you seem to be better at picking books you will enjoy than you are at picking movies, D.

D.
06-27-2008, 05:42 PM
I'm happy you seem to be better at picking books you will enjoy than you are at picking movies, D.
lol

until i go back to midnights. :\ then it'll be more movies again.

Eulogy
06-27-2008, 05:53 PM
finished Brave New World and I ended up enjoying it for the most part.

01. The Stranger by Albert Camus
02. The Great Gatsby by F. Scott Fitzgerald
03. All Quiet On the Western Front by Erich Maria Remarque
04. Crime and Punishment by Fyodor Dostoevsky
05. Brave New World by Aldous Huxley
06. Animal Farm by George Orwell
07. Lord of the Flies by William Golding
08. The Old Man and the Sea by Ernest Hemmingway
09. Of Mice and Men by John Steinbeck

Next up is 1984! No, I haven't read it yet. Yes, I know it's high school.

i'm pretty sure most of the stuff on this list is read in a lot of high schools. not that that's a bad thing. just sayin'

D.
06-27-2008, 05:56 PM
i'm pretty sure most of the stuff on this list is read in a lot of high schools. not that that's a bad thing. just sayin'

yeah, i was literarily stunted as a child. never read any of the "classics", so instead of blaming my parents, i'm making up for it!

Eulogy
06-27-2008, 05:58 PM
you should blame your english teachers!

unless they assigned them and you just didn't read them.

Travis Meeks
06-27-2008, 06:12 PM
i'm pretty sure most of the stuff on this list is read in a lot of high schools. not that that's a bad thing. just sayin'

so what's the point of saying that? It doesn't make them bad books.

Eulogy
06-27-2008, 06:13 PM
so what's the point of saying that? It doesn't make them bad books.

i said that already. i was just replying to the way he was talking about 1984.

Travis Meeks
06-27-2008, 06:19 PM
i said that already. i was just replying to the way he was talking about 1984.

There is a general feeling that since high schoolers read a certain book (like Tom Sawyer) it makes it less of a book. I hate that.

Eulogy
06-27-2008, 06:21 PM
There is a general feeling that since high schoolers read a certain book (like Tom Sawyer) it makes it less of a book. I hate that.

i'm pretty sure most of the stuff on this list is read in a lot of high schools. not that that's a bad thing. just sayin'


i'm not part of that problem

Travis Meeks
06-27-2008, 06:24 PM
you're passive aggressive

Eulogy
06-27-2008, 06:25 PM
you're over-analytical

Travis Meeks
06-27-2008, 06:27 PM
I probably am

neopryn
06-27-2008, 06:35 PM
The Sun Also Rises: A

I read this a while ago too but I wanted to again. I'm still not totally sure what the point of it is but I like it a lot.

D.
06-27-2008, 07:01 PM
you should blame your english teachers!

unless they assigned them and you just didn't read them.
well, i went to private school and anything past tom sawyer or huckelberry finn or something was a no-no

redbull
06-28-2008, 12:00 AM
The Sun Also Rises: A

I read this a while ago too but I wanted to again. I'm still not totally sure what the point of it is but I like it a lot.

hell yes

Full Moon: The Amazing Rock & Roll Life of Keith Moon - A

My Blue Heaven
06-28-2008, 09:17 AM
The Secret History by Donna Tartt - A

Reeeeeally engaging writing style, amazing characters. Read it.

redbull
06-28-2008, 03:40 PM
1984 sucks btw

redbull
06-28-2008, 03:41 PM
i went to goodwill today and bought the autobiography of malcolm x

D.
07-03-2008, 02:45 PM
1984 sucks btw
i am 1/3 through the book and i have to disagree so far. it's quite the page-turner!

noyen
07-03-2008, 02:49 PM
i just started reading that sonic youth biography. so far its okay. the typeface is too big. makes it seem like a big book when it really isn't.

Travis Meeks
07-03-2008, 02:52 PM
well you can at least tell all your friends that you just read a big book.

noyen
07-03-2008, 02:54 PM
well you can at least tell all your friends that you just read a big book.

that was exactly my plan. look at the big brain on brian!

neopryn
07-07-2008, 12:09 PM
Catch-22 - A+

Pretty easily my favorite book of all-time. Flawless masterpiece. I laughed, I cried, I sat stunned for several minutes at various points. I'm not even going to put the movie in my Netflix queue because even if it's awesome it won't come close to the book and might detract from it.

ohnoitsbonnie
07-07-2008, 12:16 PM
i'm pretty sure most of the stuff on this list is read in a lot of high schools. not that that's a bad thing. just sayin'
Some are middle school level

alexthestampede
07-07-2008, 12:20 PM
i got 400 pages into Against the Day and had to turn it in to the library because it was way overdue. For some reason my student loan money is "pending" so i have some kind of past due debt witht he school and cant check out books im also dropped from my fall classes have to reregister and one of my labs filled up

maoi
07-07-2008, 05:28 PM
<img src="http://loot-ninja.com/wp-content/uploads/2007/10/contact-harvest.jpg">
A+

Boseph
07-08-2008, 04:31 PM
Just re-read Steppenwolf by Hermann Hesse. My favorite book by my favorite author.

wHATcOLOR
07-08-2008, 04:53 PM
i started Pillars of the Earth recently because I had some long flights and of the books for sale in an airport, this seemed my best chance at something worthwhile. I'm about 250 pages in. so far i do like it, but one thing that absolutely bugs the hell out of me is the way the author will occasionally demolish any subtlety by recapping what he just wrote in more plain english, as if to say 'i'm pretty sure most of you out there woudln't have caught any of the nuances that took place in the dialogue back there, so let me hit you over the head with them, in painfully plain english'

if he had more faith in his readers and wasn't so overbearing in this sense, and it'd be a lot better to me. i guess he wrote thrillers before this book, which probably explains it

julie
07-08-2008, 05:40 PM
i just read two oprah book club books - middlesex and the road. middlesex was pretty good even though it was a bit uneven in parts. i'm still pondering the road.

oprah had nothing to do with me wanting to read them.

Travis Meeks
07-08-2008, 06:48 PM
I'm gonna start up my own book club where we just watch TV (Law & Order) and occasionally watch a movie which is based on a book.

julie
07-08-2008, 09:46 PM
can i be the vice president of that book club? i'll do svu and you can do the regular l&o.

D.
07-16-2008, 11:04 PM
Book-related:

I guess Urban Outfitters is now stocking Book Shirts. I picked up a "Great Gatsby" shirt for which I paid far too much.

I love it, though. :)

spring
07-18-2008, 09:22 AM
i just finished reading this last night. it's pretty long so it took me a couple of weeks. i would give it a B++/A--. I've always wanted to read a biography of Joni Mitchell and even though I didn't care so much about Carole King and Carly Simon, the way the book was set up provided a great context. i usually really like biographies but i guess this author's style had some tabloid overtones that i just couldn't stand. aside from that, lots of information and cool stories.

http://www.booksamillion.com/bam/covers/1/40/015/649/1400156491.jpg

D.
07-24-2008, 07:25 AM
finished 1984 and absolutely loved it!

01. The Stranger by Albert Camus
02. The Great Gatsby by F. Scott Fitzgerald
03. All Quiet On the Western Front by Erich Maria Remarque
04. Crime and Punishment by Fyodor Dostoevsky
05. 1984 by George Orwell
06. Brave New World by Aldous Huxley
07. Animal Farm by George Orwell
08. Lord of the Flies by William Golding
09. The Old Man and the Sea by Ernest Hemmingway
10. Of Mice and Men by John Steinbeck

next up is The Red Badge of Courage

redbull
07-24-2008, 03:39 PM
Murakami - Kafka on the Shore
A+
holy shit

Luke de Spa
07-26-2008, 10:24 AM
patrick rothfuss – the name of the wind
A
amazing prose. i know no one here gives a flying fuck about fantasy, but you should

D.
08-14-2008, 10:02 PM
Just read Red Badge of Courage. I enjoyed it, even if it was a little repetetive. But I really like war books like this - Red Badge, All Quiet, etc. If anyone could reccomend any others, I'd be appreciative.

01. The Stranger by Albert Camus
02. The Great Gatsby by F. Scott Fitzgerald
03. All Quiet On the Western Front by Erich Maria Remarque
04. Crime and Punishment by Fyodor Dostoevsky
05. 1984 by George Orwell
06. The Red Badge of Courage by Stephen Crane
07. Brave New World by Aldous Huxley
08. Animal Farm by George Orwell
09. Lord of the Flies by William Golding
10. The Old Man and the Sea by Ernest Hemmingway
11. Of Mice and Men by John Steinbeck

next up is Heart of Darkness!

neopryn
08-14-2008, 10:13 PM
You should read some more Hemingway dude. A Farewell to Arms is pretty much the best war novel ever, even though it's quite different than the others you mentioned. I don't like the Old Man and the Sea that much either so don't sweat that.

neopryn
08-14-2008, 10:15 PM
oh Wonder Boys - C

I dig this guy's (Michael Chabon) writing style a fair amount but despise all of his characters. I guess I'll check out the movie.

exactlythesame
08-14-2008, 10:16 PM
Watchmen - Alan Moore

Sepiae
08-14-2008, 10:19 PM
Just finished re-reading Killing Yourself to Live by Chuck Klosterman. I love that book. I guess serious music people would not care for all the relationship meandering, but as a girl, guy relationship meandering is very interesting. Especially in relation to KISS.

frugalscotsman
08-14-2008, 10:20 PM
walked into barnes and noble and read jack kerouac's tristessa today

spring
08-14-2008, 10:26 PM
i think you'll like the movie, Nate

i just finished reading Alice Sebold's The Lovely Bones... i resisted reading it for a long time, but then i picked it up for $10 last week and read it right away. it made me pretty uncomfortable and it seemed a little forced at times, but I would probably still give it a B+/A-. Don't really know why this was such a huge bestseller, i think Anne-Marie Macdonald does a better job of writing about things like this.

avsfan7733
08-14-2008, 10:30 PM
Just finished re-reading Killing Yourself to Live by Chuck Klosterman. I love that book. I guess serious music people would not care for all the relationship meandering, but as a girl, guy relationship meandering is very interesting. Especially in relation to KISS.

i love klosterman. I just started reading Klosterman 4 but cant really seem to get into it, as it isn't much more than a bunch of interviews, while the others at least had some kind of narrative.

Sepiae
08-14-2008, 10:44 PM
i love klosterman. I just started reading Klosterman 4 but cant really seem to get into it, as it isn't much more than a bunch of interviews, while the others at least had some kind of narrative.

I didn't really care for the interview section, especially since most of the bands profiled hold absolutely no interest for me. It definitely gets better once it gets into his personal essays in part 2 and I really liked the fiction part. I'm really looking forward to his novel now.

D.
08-15-2008, 01:16 AM
You should read some more Hemingway dude. A Farewell to Arms is pretty much the best war novel ever, even though it's quite different than the others you mentioned. I don't like the Old Man and the Sea that much either so don't sweat that.
Actually I just picked up Farewell To Arms (for like a couple of bucks at Half Price Books, the best store ever) because I've heard so much about it.

I guess I can give it a whirl after HOD.

Kahlo
08-15-2008, 03:35 AM
Just read Red Badge of Courage. I enjoyed it, even if it was a little repetetive. But I really like war books like this - Red Badge, All Quiet, etc. If anyone could reccomend any others, I'd be appreciative.


Guy Sajer, The Forgotten Soldier

I really enjoyed this book when I read it years ago

http://www.amazon.co.uk/Forgotten-Soldier-Cassell-Military-Paperbacks/dp/0304352403/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&s=books&qid=1218789235&sr=8-1

redbull
08-15-2008, 03:44 AM
Actually I just picked up Farewell To Arms (for like a couple of bucks at Half Price Books, the best store ever) because I've heard so much about it.

I guess I can give it a whirl after HOD.

I also strongly recommend The Sun Also Rises

Mountains Beyond Mountains - B
currently reading some trashy star wars book

ohnoitsbonnie
08-15-2008, 04:00 AM
I'm reading The Master and Margarita :D

Mablak
08-15-2008, 05:32 AM
That sounds awful bonnie. Can anyone recommend me an obscure but titillating read?

D.
08-15-2008, 07:37 AM
Guy Sajer, The Forgotten Soldier

I really enjoyed this book when I read it years ago

http://www.amazon.co.uk/Forgotten-Soldier-Cassell-Military-Paperbacks/dp/0304352403/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&s=books&qid=1218789235&sr=8-1
bonus points for non-fiction suggestion!

Kahlo
08-15-2008, 07:41 AM
There is a big debate over that book in history circles as to whether it is fiction/ non-fiction. To be honest it doesn't really matter.

D.
08-19-2008, 06:05 PM
Finished Heartof Darkness and I feelit was just a waste of time. Too much clutter or something. I really don't like the writing, but the story overallwas decent, I guess.

01. The Stranger by Albert Camus
02. The Great Gatsby by F. Scott Fitzgerald
03. All Quiet On the Western Front by Erich Maria Remarque
04. Crime and Punishment by Fyodor Dostoevsky
05. 1984 by George Orwell
06. The Red Badge of Courage by Stephen Crane
07. Brave New World by Aldous Huxley
08. Animal Farm by George Orwell
09. Lord of the Flies by William Golding
10. The Old Man and the Sea by Ernest Hemmingway
11. Heart of Darkness by Joseph Conrad
12. Of Mice and Men by John Steinbeck

Next up is another short novel, The Death of Ivan Ilyich by Tolstoy

redbull
08-19-2008, 06:30 PM
star wars x-wing #5-7 (wraith squadron story arc) - C
fake baron fel was a good twist

waltermcphilp
08-19-2008, 06:37 PM
i finished Lullaby by Chuck Palahniuk over the weekend. i had sorta stopped with about 60 pages left for some reason a month or so ago. im glad i finished it - it helps me forget what a piece of crap Snuff was. worth a read if you are a chuck fan.

Mablak
08-19-2008, 06:40 PM
Finished Heartof Darkness and I feelit was just a waste of time. Too much clutter or something. I really don't like the writing, but the story overallwas decent, I guess.

01. The Stranger by Albert Camus
02. The Great Gatsby by F. Scott Fitzgerald
03. All Quiet On the Western Front by Erich Maria Remarque
04. Crime and Punishment by Fyodor Dostoevsky
05. 1984 by George Orwell
06. The Red Badge of Courage by Stephen Crane
07. Brave New World by Aldous Huxley
08. Animal Farm by George Orwell
09. Lord of the Flies by William Golding
10. The Old Man and the Sea by Ernest Hemmingway
11. Heart of Darkness by Joseph Conrad
12. Of Mice and Men by John Steinbeck

Next up is another short novel, The Death of Ivan Ilyich by Tolstoy

I thought Heart of Darkness was one of the few really captivating books I read for high school curriculum, but the writing hit me much more than the story. The storyline wasn't that eventful from what I recall, but I can't remember all of it now.

Sepiae
08-19-2008, 06:45 PM
Flight, by Sherman Alexie -- this book was awesome. I'm so glad Alexie has started writing young adult books. I laughed, I cried....

Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas, by Hunter S. Thompson -- absolutely crazy.

I'm Hardcore
08-19-2008, 06:48 PM
'King Ink', by Nick Cave

finally found a copy!

Mo
08-19-2008, 07:17 PM
The Catcher in the Rye by J.D. Salinger - C
Overrated.

A Long Way Down by Nick Hornby - A-
Pretty good.

waltermcphilp
08-19-2008, 07:27 PM
have you read 'high fidelity' by hornby? i really liked that and wanted to check something else by him.

Mo
08-19-2008, 07:36 PM
You should - I read all his novels, and they're truly excellent.

D.
08-19-2008, 08:12 PM
I thought Heart of Darkness was one of the few really captivating books I read for high school curriculum, but the writing hit me much more than the story. The storyline wasn't that eventful from what I recall, but I can't remember all of it now.
hmm, i see. yeah, the storyline isn't much, but i'm actually the opposite - i appreciated the storyline more than the writing.

neopryn
08-19-2008, 09:24 PM
A Long Way Down by Nick Hornby - A-
Pretty good.
this book was TERRIBLE. i wish they all killed themselves

neopryn
08-19-2008, 09:25 PM
i finished Lullaby by Chuck Palahniuk over the weekend. i had sorta stopped with about 60 pages left for some reason a month or so ago. im glad i finished it - it helps me forget what a piece of crap Snuff was. worth a read if you are a chuck fan.i decided i'm never reading another of his books besides Survivor and Choke because i get the feeling they're all pretty similar

noyen
08-19-2008, 09:26 PM
This is your brain on music - daniel j levitin - A+ completely badass book on the magic of music and our brains and hearts and souls that has nothing to do with D.'s stupid fucking tattoo.

waltermcphilp
08-19-2008, 10:05 PM
i decided i'm never reading another of his books besides Survivor and Choke because i get the feeling they're all pretty similar

yea.

D.
08-20-2008, 01:07 AM
i decided i'm never reading another of his books besides Survivor and Choke because i get the feeling they're all pretty similar

Survivor is his best. Apparently they're going to go ahead and make it a movie sometime within the next few years. They were going to make it in 2001 but the whole 9/11 thing happened and they pussed out.

So, they're making Choke into a movie and it should be out this year. Then hopefully Survivor. God, I love that book,.

Ever
08-20-2008, 01:15 AM
That sounds awful bonnie. Can anyone recommend me an obscure but titillating read?Up yours!!!!

ohnoitsbonnie
08-20-2008, 02:25 AM
Sup ever? Im on my mobile here :D wtf is going on

Kahlo
08-20-2008, 02:30 AM
this is a thread about books - take the inane chatter somewhere else

ohnoitsbonnie
08-20-2008, 02:35 AM
d, did you drop out? Those are all books that have been in the high school and even elementary school curriculums. Im not trying to be mean here.

D.
08-20-2008, 02:44 AM
d, did you drop out? Those are all books that have been in the high school and even elementary school curriculums. Im not trying to be mean here.
try reading my posts in this thread for the answer to that question.

other than that, you're being a book snob. it's really unnatractive and boring.

bye now.

ohnoitsbonnie
08-20-2008, 09:54 AM
Oh. I didn't know. and geez, I'm sorry. Those are all good books but I was just wondering

ohnoitsbonnie
08-20-2008, 09:56 AM
I was so mean in this thread ;_; I've given up books from now on

D.
08-20-2008, 10:00 AM
^ don't give up on books, just give up on pointing out the literary shortcomings of others ;) ^

ohnoitsbonnie
08-20-2008, 10:02 AM
Well to be honest, I don't read much outside of school. Can you tell? ;_;

D.
08-20-2008, 10:06 AM
to answer your previous question, no, i didn't graduate. i dropped out and got a g.e.d.

i went to private schools where the most we ever read was probably huckleberry finn or pilgrim's progress. i was not exposed to anything like great gatsby, catcher in the rye, etc. so instead of blaming my upbringing, i'm doing something about it and playing catch up.

i mean, it sucks, but it's also fun, too.

Ever
08-20-2008, 11:46 PM
lol I've never read catcher in the rye

catfood
08-21-2008, 08:34 AM
the catcher in the rye killed john lennon.

i am almost finished reading Murakami's Wind Up Bird Chronicle. . . the same book everyone else in the world has been reading. it's interesting, but exhausting. JUST GO DOWN A WELL AND STAY THERE YOU FUCKER

catfood
08-21-2008, 08:37 AM
on a side note, i always enjoy seeing people on facebook go from "i don't read much..." to listing 20 popular books that came out in the last 6 months, especially when this happens in conjunction with "so and so is now in a relationship." :D

bits
08-21-2008, 06:40 PM
how cute

Mo
08-21-2008, 06:52 PM
Ugh.

Mo
08-21-2008, 06:55 PM
Friday by Robert Heinlein - B-
Awesome, hot sci-fi action!

The Zombie Survival Guide by Max Brooks - A-
It's perfect for what it is.

La Bustina di Minerva by Umberto Eco - A
I love Eco's essay style so unbelievably much...

Mo
08-21-2008, 07:05 PM
Triple post: Oh, and I took up <a href="http://www.bookcrossing.com">BookCrossing</a> recently. Great idea.

bits
08-21-2008, 07:10 PM
that part in name of the rose where the peasant girl tried to seduce the novice under the kitchen table almost gave me a stiffy, once.

i've been dabbling in les fleurs du mal by baudelaire- doubt i'll ever finish
and a biography on remedios varo.

alexthestampede
08-22-2008, 04:24 PM
Triple post: Oh, and I took up <a href="http://www.bookcrossing.com">BookCrossing</a> recently. Great idea.

how did you take it up? you mean you started "releasing" books?

D.
08-24-2008, 05:57 AM
Just finished the Death of Ivan Ilyich but ididnt really like it. Probably the least favorite I've read this year.

Now onto A Farewell To Arms by some dude named Ernest Hemingway!

aurel
08-24-2008, 08:39 AM
Just finished rereading the watchmen and now giving Promethea another spin. Good times.

Mo
08-24-2008, 09:27 AM
how did you take it up? you mean you started "releasing" books?

Found a book, downloaded and printed stickers, put some nice old books out there.

Sepiae
08-24-2008, 09:51 AM
I'm now reading Couples by John Updike. This is my first Updike book. I think it's going to be a while.

pale blue eyes
08-24-2008, 10:17 AM
I've been sort of lazy in posting in here this summer:

An Unquiet Mind: A Memoir of Moods and Madness by Kay Redfield Jamison - B+
For being a memoir of a psychologist who is bipolar, it is a surprisingly easy read. More about her personal struggles with that in terms of her personal life and career as opposed to her talking on and on about the purely psychological or physiological stuff that she knew from her training. Not that much of a downer, more interesting than anything else.

A Good Look at Evil by Abigail L. Rosenthal - C
Most of the time this book was a chore to read. I've read a good amount of books on this same topic (what makes seemingly good people do evil things) and she just sucks all the fun out of it by over explaining shit and bombarding you with way too many stats.

Dry by Augusten Burroughs - B
I've liked his other books and this one was pretty funny, too. This book also made me feel really good about not having this fucked up of a past. There were a few things that hit home and reminded me of certain things and that just made me like it more. Reading memoirs about somebody who seems very human and sort of fucked up is a lot more entertaining than reading about some overachieving smartypants.

In the Woods by Tana French - B-
One of the better murder mysteries I have read but seemed to loose steam halfway through. She has a nice way with words and I think her next book will be much better. Still a good read and most of the time despite the latter half of the book I couldn't put it down.

Spook: Science Tackles the Afterlife by Mary Roach - B
Not as good as Stiff, but still a great read nonetheless. Looks at the other side of this life from every angle you can think of and I like how she still manages to keep things pretty light despite the material.

Manhunt: The Twelve Day Hunt For Lincoln's Killer by James Swanson - A
A riveting, fast-paced and really well-researched account of Lincoln's assasination and the aftermath of trying to find his killer. This is not usually my type of book but it was really, really good. It was like historical voyeurism.

MrPantyFAce
08-25-2008, 10:44 PM
I've been sort of lazy in posting in here this summer:

An Unquiet Mind: A Memoir of Moods and Madness by Kay Redfield Jamison - B+
For being a memoir of a psychologist who is bipolar, it is a surprisingly easy read. More about her personal struggles with that in terms of her personal life and career as opposed to her talking on and on about the purely psychological or physiological stuff that she knew from her training. Not that much of a downer, more interesting than anything else.


i liked this too.

Ive been skimming through the principia of discordia online. the last thing i read was some book of shorts written by 'rebels' the psychology of liberation or something.


i watched a light german 'romantic comedy' today called eden. i thought the title character seemed like a good wholesome person. interested in seeing what else the actress was in i looked her up on wikipedia to find that she must have written a modern classic as its sold half a million in germany. heres is the themes synopis

Helen has an unusual relationship to her body. She abhors personal hygiene and enjoys many of the bodily fluids which are secreted or excreted from it, be it mucus, pus, earwax, smegma, blood (including menstrual blood), sweat, or tears, but also men's sperm, all of which she "recycles" by putting them into her mouth and swallowing them. She loves to attract potential sexual partners by parading, underneath her dress, her unwashed vagina and the smells emanating from it. In a series of interviews Roche explained that cleanliness and above all pedantic care for their own bodies, including the use of artificial scents such as perfume, have been inculcated upon women for ages; that this obstructs their—not just sexual—self-realisation; and that the fear of harmful "bacteria" has been vastly exaggerated.

cant wait for this translation

D.
08-25-2008, 10:47 PM
so i went back to Urban Outfitters and got the Catcher In the Rye shirt.

I know, I know, but it's kinda like those mass-produced Led Zeppelin shirts. I mean, LZ is good so why not own a shirt?

they also had Catch-22, Invisible Man, and Death of a Salesman, but I haven't read those.

House of Bread
08-25-2008, 11:00 PM
The Amazing Adventures of Kavalier and Clay - A-

Kahlo
08-26-2008, 02:26 AM
Urban Outfitters

I fucking hate that store. They have one in Glasgow and it has the most overpriced shite you can imagine.

I just read a book for work on Joachim Peiper ( a panzer commander) as we are working on a new publication about him.

Currently reading Christopher Brookmyre - The Sacred Art of Stealing

talk show host
08-26-2008, 05:41 AM
so i went back to Urban Outfitters and got the Catcher In the Rye shirt.

I know, I know, but it's kinda like those mass-produced Led Zeppelin shirts. I mean, LZ is good so why not own a shirt?

they also had Catch-22, Invisible Man, and Death of a Salesman, but I haven't read those.

Catch 22 is awesome, read that soon

I'm about to finish Grapes of Wrath by Steinbeck. Before that it was A Day in the Life of Ivan Denisovich, and prior to that I was bogged down in another Nietzsche book.

Kahlo
08-26-2008, 07:26 AM
which Niezsche? I don't find him that rewarding tbh. Maybe when I was 16, but not now :(

D.
08-26-2008, 12:11 PM
I fucking hate that store. They have one in Glasgow and it has the most overpriced shite you can imagine.
i know. that is why i am ashamed to really like going there.

Catch 22 is awesome, read that soon.
twill probably be my next read.

talk show host
08-26-2008, 08:49 PM
which Niezsche? I don't find him that rewarding tbh. Maybe when I was 16, but not now :(


Human, all too Human

I enjoy his work a lot, he's probablly the philosopher I've focused the most on while I've been studying. I end up reading him and getting bogged down though, which means other reading goes by the way side. I've had to restrict myself by not reading any more till the end of the year at earliest.


And D. let me know how you enjoy Catch 22. When I started it I found it really hard going but about partway through i got really into it and ended up loving it.

ravenguy2000
08-26-2008, 08:58 PM
Right now I'm reading Sister Carrie by Theodore Dreiser for a class. I am not too big on it yet.

neopryn
08-26-2008, 09:42 PM
Catch-22 is the best book ever written

redbull
08-26-2008, 11:49 PM
Catch-22 is the best book ever written

i had a few beers, but i'm cool to drive

Shapan
08-27-2008, 05:17 AM
death of a salesman is also a cool quick read. grapes of wrath was like the opposite, id rather read of mice and men 10 times.

i think im gonna read an elliott smith biography when i have a couple weeks between classes but i wouldnt know which book is best. or maybe ill read choke before the film comes out.

TuralyonW3
08-27-2008, 05:27 AM
Grant Morrison: Seven Soldiers of Victory - A+

Brilliant

D.
08-27-2008, 06:55 AM
Catch-22 is the best book ever written
omg, seriously, i'm reading A Farwell to Arms and I love it so much. so like, i will listen to your consideration 100%. catch 22 it is because i am really, really enjoying farewell to arms.

Travis Meeks
08-27-2008, 05:38 PM
I loved Farewell to Arms but for whatever reason I could not get into Catch-22. I read about a quarter of the book and then lost interest. Before I die I shall make it through the whole book and find out what the admiration is all about.

barden
08-27-2008, 07:44 PM
amaZulu.
A Time for Machettes.
The Washing of the Spears.

Those are my last 3 purchased books. I enjoyed the first two quite a bit.
working through washing of the spears now. I'm enjoying it so far.

D.
09-02-2008, 04:46 PM
Finished A Farewell to Arms and I loved it a lot. Very engrossing and I finished it pretty fast.

01. The Stranger by Albert Camus
02. The Great Gatsby by F. Scott Fitzgerald
03. All Quiet On the Western Front by Erich Maria Remarque
04. A Farewell To Arms by Ernest Hemingway
05. Crime and Punishment by Fyodor Dostoevsky
06. 1984 by George Orwell
07. The Red Badge of Courage by Stephen Crane
08. Brave New World by Aldous Huxley
09. Animal Farm by George Orwell
10. Lord of the Flies by William Golding
11. The Old Man and the Sea by Ernest Hemmingway
12. Heart of Darkness by Joseph Conrad
13. Of Mice and Men by John Steinbeck
14. The Death of Ivan Ilyich by Leo Tolstoy

Next up, I'm going to read Anthem by Ayn Rand because it looks like a quick read, then it's Catch-22!

D.
09-02-2008, 08:08 PM
Finished Anthem a lot sooner than I thought. I actually really enjoyed it. Its like the first novella I've read this year that I actually liked.

Sepiae
09-02-2008, 08:27 PM
Are you taking suggestions, D.? I know you mentioned you were going through a lot of classics you didn't read when you were younger. I think you'd like All the King's Men by Robert Penn Warren if you haven't already read it.

redbull
09-02-2008, 09:05 PM
Are you taking suggestions, D.? I know you mentioned you were going through a lot of classics you didn't read when you were younger. I think you'd like All the King's Men by Robert Penn Warren if you haven't already read it.

YES

D.
09-02-2008, 09:45 PM
Are you taking suggestions, D.? I know you mentioned you were going through a lot of classics you didn't read when you were younger. I think you'd like All the King's Men by Robert Penn Warren if you haven't already read it.
I am always taking suggestion! I will look up the book you recommended and, if it seems like something I'd enjoy, I'll add it to my list and look for it on my next trip to the bookstore (next monday).

barden
09-02-2008, 09:50 PM
Read rushdie.
he's probably my favourite.

mxzombie
09-02-2008, 10:16 PM
right now i'm reading Rites of Spring, about world war I for a class. it started off pretty boring but i'm finding it more interesting now

El Scorcho
09-03-2008, 12:59 AM
love in the time of cholera

GGM rules
magical realism rules

D.
09-15-2008, 04:47 PM
Finished Catch-22 and it was more than awesome - just remarkable and, oh, i loved it.

Novels
01. The Great Gatsby by F. Scott Fitzgerald
02. Catch-22 by Joseph Heller
03. The Stranger by Albert Camus
04. All Quiet On the Western Front by Erich Maria Remarque
05. A Farewell To Arms by Ernest Hemingway
06. Crime and Punishment by Fyodor Dostoevsky
07. 1984 by George Orwell
08. The Red Badge of Courage by Stephen Crane
09. Brave New World by Aldous Huxley
10. Animal Farm by George Orwell
11. Lord of the Flies by William Golding

Novellas
01. Anthem by Ayn Rand
02. The Old Man and the Sea by Ernest Hemmingway
03. Heart of Darkness by Joseph Conrad
04. Of Mice and Men by John Steinbeck
05. The Death of Ivan Ilyich by Leo Tolstoy

Next I'm hurrying through a few short ones, Dr Jeckyll and Mr. Hyde by R.L. Stevenson and also "The Little Regiment" and Other Civil War Stories (76 pages) by Stephen Crane.

After those, the next novel I'm going to read Invisible Man by Ralph Ellison.

redbull
09-15-2008, 05:09 PM
three chapters into A Wild Sheep Chase by Murakami. Fucking amazing.

Ugly
09-17-2008, 10:13 PM
Just finished <a href = "http://www.amazon.com/This-Not-Civilization-Robert-Rosenberg/dp/0618386017">This Is Not Civilization</a> by Robert Rosenberg, but the only reason I really had it was because I scored it for free from a workplace. It's about three people: one is the daughter of a shiftless bum who works for former Soviet cheese factory that doesn't produce cheese, an American Peace Corp guy who aimlessly bounces around countries, and a native reservation runaway. Strangely, the American character starts the book as the main character and is shuffled off into the background by the end. The back cover and earlier chapters promised a much funnier read than it turned out to be, and I kept putting it down for weeks at a time to pick up other things to read in between, but, even if does get sidetracked with way too many descriptive passages of scenery rolling by, it's not without it's charm, even if does turn into an unabashed weepy by the end - but, oddly, one of the characters actually was somewhat emotionally affecting by the end. Mostly alot of characters ambling into each other and just being kind of lonely and isolated and not understanding the world, really.

Next free book I got sitting around is, oddly, Towelhead, which just came out as a movie adaptation, like, this week.

ravenguy2000
09-17-2008, 10:21 PM
Right now I'm reading Sister Carrie by Theodore Dreiser for a class. I am not too big on it yet.

This actually ended up a lot better than I thought.

I'm writing a paper on Dreiser's use of public vs. private spaces and how class and status affects perception and use of public space. Yeah.

D.
09-17-2008, 11:26 PM
I got done with a book with all of Stephen Crane's short stories about Civil War. It was excellent. I liked 5 out of 7 of the stories. so it was still a B. But he's becoming my favorite author. Such beautiful language!

I also liked Dr Jecklyy and Mr hyde. Pretty quick read, but it was good.

Next Up: Invisible Man!

D.
09-19-2008, 05:59 PM
Book-related:

I went back to Urban Outfitters and I guess, besides Great Gatsby and Catcher In the Rye, the other book shirts are on their way out.

So I was able to get a Catch-22 shirt for $10!!!!

Shapan
09-19-2008, 06:13 PM
you're such a dork D

its a good thing

D.
09-20-2008, 12:41 AM
you're such a dork D

its a good thing
;)

I just like the fact that I'm really enjoying my renwed interest in reading and the fact that I'm in the know about things now.

Just tonight I was talking with some people I just met about A Farewell To Arms.

threetwooneZERO
09-20-2008, 12:45 AM
I want to read this when I'm finished school. Mark Twain: The Mysterious Stranger

Currently reading: Plato: The Last Days of Socrates

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_Mysterious_Stranger

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D.
09-20-2008, 01:54 AM
Mark twain was hilarious. I'm co-currently reading a book of all his short stories and there's some good stuff in it.

avsfan7733
09-20-2008, 02:18 AM
I'm going out to buy Dune tomorrow, I have to read it for my Science Fiction Literature course...

Anyone read it?

redbull
09-20-2008, 02:59 AM
I'm going out to buy Dune tomorrow, I have to read it for my Science Fiction Literature course...

Anyone read it?

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gotta warn you the second and third ones are better though, first one is pretty slow at times

D.
09-20-2008, 03:03 AM
I have a friend who is obsessed with Dune.

TuralyonW3
09-20-2008, 03:43 AM
Jack Kirby's Fourth World Omnibus

D.
09-23-2008, 06:50 PM
After those, the next novel I'm going to read Invisible Man by Ralph Ellison.
So, has anyone read this? If so, does it get better? I'm 130 pages in and it seems kinda pointless right now. Not boring necessarily, but just makes me wonder if anything is going to happen.